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Trans-national cooperation among Marie Skłodowska-Curie National Contact Points (NCP)

Opening Date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 02-04-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €1,500,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Excellent Science
OJ reference OJ C361 of 11 December.2013

Topic: Trans-national cooperation among Marie Skłodowska-Curie National Contact Points (NCP) MSCA-NCP-2014


Facilitate trans-national co-operation between National Contact Points (NCPs) for the Marie

Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and

raising the general standard of support to applicants, taking into account the diversity of



Support will be given to a consortium of formally nominated NCPs in the area of MSCA. The

activities will be tailored according to the nature of the area, and the priorities of the NCPs

concerned. Various mechanisms may be included, such as benchmarking, joint workshops,

enhanced cross-border brokerage events, training sessions linked to MSCA as well as to

gender dimension of Research and Innovation, twinning schemes, etc. Special attention will

be given to enhancing the competence of MSCA NCPs, including helping less experienced

NCPs rapidly acquire the know-how accumulated in other countries. It will be also

encouraged to build up cooperation with other networks to increase visibility to potential

beneficiaries, especially in the non-academic sector.

The focus throughout should be on issues specific to MSCA and should not duplicate actions

foreseen in the NCP network for quality standards and horizontal issues under 'Science with

and for Society'.

Only NCPs host organisations from EU Member States, Associated Countries, and third

countries which have been officially appointed by the relevant national authorities are eligible

to participate in and receive funding for this action.

The consortium should have a good representation of experienced and less experienced NCPs.

Submission of a single proposal is encouraged. NCPs from EU Member States or Associated

Countries choosing not to participate as a member of the consortium should be identified and

the reason explained in the proposal. These NCPs are nevertheless invited and encouraged to

participate in the project activities (e.g. workshops), and the costs incurred by the consortium

for such participation (e.g. travel costs paid by the consortium) may be included in the

estimated budget and be eligible for funding by the Commission.

The Commission will only fund one proposal under this topic.

Expected impact:

• An improved and professionalised NCP service across Europe, therefore helping simplify

access to Horizon 2020 calls, lowering the entry barriers for newcomers, and raising the

average quality of submitted proposals.

• A more consistent level of NCP support services across Europe.

Type of action: Coordination and support action. The funding rate for this call is provided in

part D of the General Annexes.

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

3. Evaluation

3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme:

3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
 Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.

6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type of action under this topic:

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
Standard evaluation form
Annotated Model Grant Agreement

 7. Additional provisions

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility  

Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

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Additional documents

You can download the same documents as one zip file from the call page

  • Call text en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 3. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en

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